Teaching our children and grandchildren Biblical truth is one of the greatest responsibilities that we have as Christian adults in the home. With the thought of Olympic runners, I compare this mandate to passing the torch to the next generation.
A study in the Old Testament reveals how much emphasis God placed on the importance of passing on spiritual truth. God’s covenant man, Abraham, was commended by God, and perhaps even chosen by God, because he was faithful to pass the truths of his covenant to his offspring. God said, “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him…” Genesis 18:19
In the Old Covenant, the Biblical feasts were celebrated annually, with the very specific details outlined by God Himself. Whole families gave high priority to every detail, rich with both historic and prophetic meaning. As each feast was celebrated exactly as God had ordained, the children were involved, observing, listening, watching, and more importantly, participating.
The rich historic and prophetic significance was taught in detail, so the children in turn could pass down the traditions to their offspring one day. This practice was so effective in preserving Biblical truth and Israel’s heritage, that this nation maintained her identity for almost 2,000 years without a homeland.
Fast forward to the New Testament. We find the Apostle Paul teaching his spiritual son, Timothy, Biblical truth. And the Apostle Paul specifically mentions that Timothy was strong in the same faith that was resident in his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. These women had been faithful to pass to Timothy their abiding love and belief in God’s Word.
Our children are exposed to so much information on a daily basis. Their innocence is being stolen at such a young age, largely due to media. This young generation is under a constant barrage of too much information for their young ears, while parents plead ignorance in using their all-consuming devices.
Most families are going in so many directions, involved in so many activities, that the days turn to weeks, and the weeks to months, and the months to years, before we realize that some of the most important things are being left undone. That’s why we have to be extremely intentional in teaching and studying the Word of God in the home.
In a day when our children and grandchildren are being brainwashed with the idea of relativism, they have to know beyond any doubt that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of the Living God, and it is absolute truth for all people, at all times, in all places.
It is imperative that the next generation be grounded in the teachings of Biblical creation, the great faith of the patriarchs of the Old Testament, the feasts fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ, the miracles of Jesus as He walked among men in the New Testament, His death, burial and resurrection for the salvation of mankind, the acts of the apostles, and the divine inspiration of the epistles. Otherwise, authorities say, our Christian heritage could be lost in three generations! As strong, courageous, faithful, torch-bearing Christian parents and grandparents, we must not, we will not, let that happen!
Judy Vaught are ministers at Calvary Assembly of God in Mount Airy.